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Remind Notification Settings

Remind is a great tool for communication, but is only as effective as the communication tool you use with it. Setting up your notification settings can improve how you use and interact with the tool. You can fine-tune how you'd like to receive notifications and eliminate redundancy. Once you have logged in Remind navigate to your account settings by clicking on your name in the upper left corner.

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Then select Notification preferences.

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Here you will see a list of your devices. You may see an email address, phone number, and then devices with the app installed. You can turn on or off the notifications.

Remind notifications

The trash can allows you to remove devices. The chain link is represented for information that was synced from our system. You can add another device, email, or number by clicking on Add device at the bottom. If you see that an email or number has not been verified or confirmed follow the steps by resending the confirmation email or entering the 4 digit verification code.

Receive Calls in Remind

You can receive calls through the remind system without giving your phone number out. For large groups, as a Principal may use, it may not be beneficial to have this setting turned on. You may find it useful, or overwhelming. By default, the setting is set to on. 

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You can also determine if you'd like to receive replies to your messages. This is set here and not for each list. 

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As a part of this option, you may want to adjust your office hours to avoid late-night notifications, messages, and calls. Set a time range and days of the week.

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By going through these settings and making Remind work the way you do, you can make the tool more efficient and effective to meet your communication needs.

 

 

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One of the most beneficial things you can do when getting acquainted with any new program is to become familiar with its settings and features.  Today we are going to dive into the different class setting options in Remind, and what they can do for you!

Class settings

Class settings differ from account settings in that they are specific to that class.  Settings can vary from class to class depending on your preferences.  To locate the settings, open the class and select the “Settings” tab across the top.   The first thing you’ll come across on the settings page is the option of renaming the class, changing the icon, etc.  This is also a place where you can locate the access code for the class.  The second section is where the bulk of the adjustments will probably be made.  Let’s look there a little more in-depth.

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Class visibility is on as a default setting.  That allows you to see the class in your class list on the main page.  The next option is a restriction for those joining your class.  If you want to approve those who join your class, simply click that button on--the default setting is off.  Participant messaging is the big kahuna in this section because it determines what enrollees are allowed to do as far as communication goes.  If you don’t want students to be able to message each other, you can restrict that access here.  As a side note, any time someone responds to a message you send to an entire class in Remind, only the teacher will see the response.  This doesn’t require any adjustments to be made in the settings.

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The bottom of the settings page has an archiving section.  Here you have the option to archive the class you are finished with using.  If you are looking to just get rid of the class, go ahead and click the “Archive Class” button. If you were interested in reusing the class code--maybe you personalized your code and you want to reuse it--you click on the “Reuse Class Code” option.  That will eliminate messages and participants in the class, and allow you to use that same code to add new participants.

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Not only is Remind a great tool to use in the classroom, but it also works great for coaches and advisors! If you are over a group of students (teams, clubs, groups, etc.), here is how you can create a Remind group and enroll them for quick messaging possibilities.  Let’s do it. 

 

Creating a Class in Remind

To create a class, click on the “Add Class” button on the top left of the home screen, then select “Create Class.” When the pop-up appears, give it a name, make sure it’s part of your school domain, and select the button agreeing to only message people older than 13.  

 

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Populating Your New Class

When you create your own class in Remind, it won’t auto-populate like our classes do.  That means you will have to manually enroll people, and there are several ways to accomplish this.  To get started, open the new class in Remind, a blue button will appear on the top right corner that says “Add People” click there. Now, you have two options:




OPTION #1

 You then have the option to add students, parents, or other teachers (assistant coaches/advisors) by hand.  This is time-consuming, but beneficial because you can ensure that everyone you want to be added to the class gets input.  You will need a name and an email address for each enrollee, which can be found in mystudent. Once you input all their information, you just click the “Add People” button on the bottom. 

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OPTION #2

On the left-hand side of the screen, you will see a selection of options to help people self enroll in the class.  This option is much less time-consuming for you but doesn’t guarantee enrollment. The options include projecting the instructions for enrollment, which would be beneficial to do during a team meeting or parent meeting.  Another option would be emailing out the instructions to those you want to be enrolled.  The email will include a link for them to click on that will enroll them into the course.  The whole process is pretty slick.  You can also print a PDF to hand out or send home.  All the options are simple for enrollees to complete, so just determine which meets your needs best! 

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Once you have your class created and populated, you’re good to start messaging, sharing files, and keeping the line of communication open to your group.  Have fun!  

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Remind is such an effective way for educators to communicate information with parents and students.  One of my favorite features of this program is the ability to schedule messages.  This provides me with the ability to create a bank of specific messages I know I want to go out, and then select a day and time I want them to send. Scheduling messages will save time and energy, and I can’t think of a single person who doesn’t want that.  Are you ready to try it? Here’s how:

 

Creating the Message

To create a message, click on the “New Message” button on the left side of the home page.  When the pop-up appears, select which groups you’d like to receive the message you’re about to create.  Once you check the box, it will put the class in the box on the right to show who is receiving the message. Go ahead and click continue.  

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On the message screen, type the message you’d like to send in the box at the bottom.  If you wanted the message to go out immediately, you would click the SEND button on the bottom right.  To schedule the messages, we take one additional step before hitting that button.  To schedule, click on the clock icon beneath the message box, then input the date and time you want your message to send.  The clock icon will turn blue and the “Send” button changes to “Schedule” when that is set.  Click that schedule button, and you’re done! 

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Editing a Scheduled Message

What if I want to make changes to a message I scheduled to go out? Easy! Just open the class in Remind.  Toward the bottom of the screen, you will see a notification of scheduled messages right about the button to create a new announcement.  Click on the scheduled messages, and when the pop-up appears, click on the “Edit” button.  

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Now, instead of sending out messages on Sunday night to remind my classes to bring their rotation stuff to class on Monday, I can create and schedule that announcement for the entire quarter in one sitting, and spend my Sunday nights watching sitcoms and eating popcorn with my family instead!

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